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The heat 
20th-Jul-2006 04:42 pm
Adventures
Everyone' suffering and I had to remind myself how much easier it is to cope in a house compared to a steel narrowboat and just why we fled Burgundy almost two months ago. The temperatures there have not dropped below 30 since we left. Just down the road in Macon, a 53 year old construction worker died of heat exhaustion. It must be sheer hell.

I've yet to resize the pics of crossing the Alps between France and Italy - there arer so many of them, I can't decide which ones to upload, but just looking at them makes me a little cooler as there's still snow on them.

But I have uploaded some pics taken in the blistering heat at Pont de Vaux Marina

Pic 1Standoff between Killer Duck and Loony GSD. This duck really was a menace. It was female and seemed to have it in for all males, as a result of the gang banging she kept receiving from the drakes. She flew at MWNN as he stood on the back deck and attacked his chest. Eventually, after a long bout of who'll blink first, Loony GSD went into wolf mode and saw her off.

Pic 2 Probably the largest cicada (or grasshopper,not sure of the species) I've ever seen, perched on the parasol shading the front deck.

Pic 3 Hesadevil finally got to meet jennylyle's twin sister who was visiting from Australia. This pic was taken the evening before we retreated to the 'cooler' UK.

On a very different note, with so many Flist heading off to WriterCon in the US and those of us left behind feeling somewhat miffed - calove suggested a UK version. Who would sign up for one based in the UK? And more importantly, who could we get to organise and run it?
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20th-Jul-2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
I thought it was supposed to be cooler today? *whines*

Our bedroom gets full sun in the afternoon, and I have all this packing to do in it...
20th-Jul-2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'd sign up for a UK or (reservedly, money-wise) Euro con. I'd even help, though I have no idea where to start.
20th-Jul-2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'd sign up in a heartbeat. It would be wonderful.
20th-Jul-2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
There are plans underway for a something based on Writercon in the UK, tenatively mooted for either April or August 2008. There's a community for it at eljayuk

From the Welcome post:

eljayukis the official community for the proposed ElJay 2008 fandom event. LJ08 will be a multi-fandom convention aimed at but not limited to users of LiveJournal. We want to provide an opportunity for you to meet your f-list, whatever their fandom, and even find some new friends to add.
20th-Jul-2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info and the link. I'll pass it on and keep an eye on it. I'm a little dubious that it will be a WriterCon type event. From the description, it sounds more general than that.
21st-Jul-2006 12:14 am (UTC)
I totally agree that it is probably too generalised - but what really concerns me is the Harry Potter fandom connection. *g*
22nd-Jul-2006 09:38 am (UTC)
I'm thinking about setting up a community tgo gauge interest, along the lines of eljayuk. Their poll was a little too general. Would you be willing to help write one that would give us more clues as to the interest, and, more importantly the skills/experience of organising Cons. of those interested?
23rd-Jul-2006 10:31 am (UTC)
Ack! Yahell wasn't letting me know that I'd got unread comments and I've only just seen this.

I've seen that you've set up writerconuk and I'll fill in the poll just as soon as I've finished here.

I think it's a brilliant idea - and I lovelovelove the fact that you've extended it to cover writers AND artists. We've got some fantastic artists in fandom and I did feel that WriterCon was restrictive in just limiting to activities/panels relating to writing and fanfiction.
23rd-Jul-2006 11:01 am (UTC)
I lovelovelove the fact that you've extended it to cover writers AND artists.
Sometimes they're the same people person. The most talented non-writing artists, IMO, are those who enjoy the fic they read and can capture its essence in the art they produce.

Just added you as a member.

20th-Jul-2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Only six days ago, in Denmark, I was wearing a shirt, a sweater AND a jacket.
Now I cannot even remember how much cold (normal?) was the weather.
21st-Jul-2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
The heat is unbearable at the moment! I can't even begin to imagine how hard it must have been to cope with it while you were away.

I'd be interested in a UK version of Writercon, as long as I could fit it in with my family circumstances. What a wonderful idea! :)
22nd-Jul-2006 09:34 am (UTC)
It is a wonderful idea. Unfortunately, everyone with the experience and skills to put one together is either at WriterCon or too busy to even think about getting involved.

I think I might put a poll together and set up a community to see who we can pull who might have the necessary credentials.
22nd-Jul-2006 04:58 am (UTC) - Hot
Our own winter has been quite warm this year – we are in the 20s C instead of our 10s C. Scenes from An Inconvenient Truth keep flashing before my eyes.

I'd say that Writercon, the European edition should be interesting. I'm sure that it has better odds than the South American one, so I'm in.
22nd-Jul-2006 09:32 am (UTC) - Re: Hot
::Chen!::

::smooshes you to bits::

I think the idea of your coming over would be the perfect excuse for me to start mobilising the troops into some sort of action. If paratti weren't so ill I'd get on to her to see if she can pull together some sort of organising team. I'm too much of a scardy cat to jump in and kick-start things. I've seen enough of the behind-the-scenes organising at Discworld Cons. to know I don't have the wherewithall, or the energy to do it.
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